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Dreamweaver 8 Upgrade

by Macromedia
Windows XP, Mac OS X


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  • Platform:    Windows XP, Mac OS X
  • Media: CD-ROM
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Macromedia allows customers purchasing Tools products to take advantage of low upgrade prices when upgrading from the two previous releases of each product. Effective January 1, 2003, customers with versions older than the two previous releases of a product are no longer eligible for upgrade pricing when purchasing the current version.

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If you have anything to do with professional websites, Dreamweaver 8 is the best. -- Computer Shopper

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Amazon.com: 3.7 out of 5 stars  6 reviews
27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Yes, Dreamweaver 8 Is Good 24 Sep 2005
By John Woods - Published on Amazon.com
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I skipped a version of Deramweaver and just upgraded to Dreamweaver 8 from Dreamweaver MX.

The box contains the Dreamweaver installation CD, and that is pretty much it. There is no printed documentation, no quick start guide, no registration form; everything is ether on the CD, or on the web.

You can install the Dreamweaver on a Windows computer or on a Mac, but not on both.

If a previous version is still installed, the Dreamweaver automatically locates it on first start and migrates the sites (at least when upgrading from MX this works very well), otherwise you need to enter the serial number of the Dreamweaver you are upgrading from. I find it useful to write down the previous serial number on the new CD envelope, so that I have it handy in case I need to reload Dreamweaver on a new computer in the future.

I really like that the Dreamweaver 8 seamlessly operates with different Doctypes and even allows converting from one Doctype to another. This is great when working with older web site designs for brining them up to date with modern standards. It can also validate markup and show you if there is anything in the document, or the entire site, that does not conform to the standards.

What's more, Dreamweaver can clean-up XHTML files, and HTML files created by Microsoft Word. The later command does not work very well, but Microsoft Word is known for creating a mess of HTML that is very difficult to deal with, so every little bit helps.

Besides markup validation, Dreamweaver can check such aspects of the web site documents as: Accessibility guidelines (including 508 and WCAG levels 1 and 2), browser compatibility, broken links, and XML validation.

This version of Dreamweaver includes great improvements in the area of CSS design. CSS rules and properties are now easy to browse, and the layout view is very nice. Unfortunately, many design elements in Dreamweaver are still table based, for example, most of the built-in snippets use tables for layout instead of CSS.

The design view now can be zoomed in or out for precise positioning of elements. Vertical and horizontal guidelines can be dropped to help with element orientation.

The code editor is also improved; one of the nice new features is code folding, where blocks of text can be hidden for cleaner view.

Many agree that Dreamweaver is the best web design tool available, and I think that Dreamweaver 8 is a worthy upgrade. I highly recommend it.
18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Marketing Hype - MX2004 is More Stable/Professional 6 Dec 2005
By Bobby Bro - Published on Amazon.com
Pros: code editor is improved, good idea with the FTP background capabilities, love the new zoom feature

Cons: Macromedia put this out hastily, bugs in the FTP, the file times aren't correct, can't use it in a professional enviornment, no word of when updater will be available

I think Macromedia raced to get this one to market. I've been using Dreamweaver since version 2. It's a powerful tool that has evolved into something close to remarkable concerning development of professional web sites/applications. But...

If you have Dreamweaver MX 2004, you have a better version of Dreamweaver than version 8. I can't use 8 in a professional environment due to the way that it stamps file times incorrectly. Collegues are left wondering what the real time was that a page was last worked on. Sometimes the FTP doesn't upload the files that are selected. In a professional environment, this is a major quirk - imagine trying to move 100 files and 10 of them don't make it. You've got to go through all of them to figure out which ones didn't. I've never seen this from another version of Dreamweaver. .

I was hooked by the marketing presentations from Macromedia. I'm glad that Adobe bought them out because the way that the company looked in the end wasn't the same as the first few years I was using their products. But I am afraid of what Adobe will do to the Macromedia suite. KEEP YOUR MX2004 STUDIO. It may contain the last stable version of Dreamweaver. I can imagine working on web sites for the next 5 years with MX2004. If DW8 gets a good update, then I would recommend getting it at that point because the new features are really cool and worth the upgrade if you are in a professional environment. If not, then you may not even notice them.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars TOTALLY loving it! 12 Mar 2006
By skunktrain - Published on Amazon.com
Why did I wait to upgrade? This is so much better than Dreamweaver MX 2004 (which, I loved by the way). It is far more stable on my Mac. Dreamweaver MX 2004 stalled and crashed unexpectedly on a regular basis, but so far I haven't had ONE crash with the upgrade. It also handles CSS so much better--there were a few CSS features that I could *never* get to work right on 2004, and it's simple as pie to do it in version 8! I also loved the tabbed pages, so I can have more than one page open at the same time.

I don't do terribly sophisticated sites, so I cannot comment on some of the other features new to DW 8. But I do know that quite a few things that always bugged me about earlier versions of DW have now been fixed. I cannot be more happy!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Major Improvement over my old DW 4... 2 July 2006
By Terri Rowan - Published on Amazon.com
I upgraded from Dreamweaver 4. Since I didn't have the versions in between 4 and 8, I can categorically say this is a major improvement over what I had before.

The FTP feature is probably the most noticable. Before the upgrade, uploading files took so long that I ended up using FileZilla. The other problem, as mentioned in other reviews, was that Dreamweaver would not allow the user to do anything else while uploading. That has changed. Now, I can go on to the next file and work while the FTP works in the background. It's not as fast as FileZilla, but it is MUCH faster than DW4's file action.

The CSS support is also a major improvement. I consider myself to be at an intermediate skill level with DW, and before, I never tried the style sheets. When I started building my site, I found out the hard way how useful the sheets are, and this version helped my transition tremendously.

There are a few drawbacks. The first is its tendency to have a mind of its own when I'm working with tables and layers. I've had to go into the code window to figure out what's going on at times. The other problem is that it occassionaly locks up the FTP program (but I can shake it loose by stopping and restarting the upload), and it's such a resource hog that it slows everything down almost to a stop at times. Since I work from a laptop, I can't add the RAM necessary to deal with it, but I already have 512mb, so this truly is a hog!

I also have Fireworks 8, and the documentation doesn't recommend running them at the same time unless you have twice the RAM I have. I found it interesting that I can run them at the same time, and those are NOT the times the DW freezes up...

Overall, I love this upgrade. I can't speak to the versions between 4 and 8, but if you're like me and haven't upgraded in a while, then this is very much worth the money. I'd like to see it get more efficient, but for my level of experience and use, it's great.

Christina Wantz Fixemer

Owner, Operator of Wantz Upon A Time Book Reviews
10 of 17 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Why upgrade? 8 Dec 2005
By Tony Hall - Published on Amazon.com
Macromedia seems to be out of touch with regular webmasters like me. I just downloaded the trial version of Dreamweaver 8 and it's actually worse than Dreamweaver 6 (which I'm currently using). The only useful improvement I see is that I don't have to edit my program files to get it to read certain file types.

I think Macromedia focuses too much on website designers and not enough on individuals who just want to run their websites and quickly and conveniently as possible. I'm interested in time savers. I'm interested in features that will make my website less cumbersome to manage as it's size grows.

There's so many little things that could be done to improve the program and there's no excuse why they haven't yet. For instance the "File window" (the built in FTP program) sucks compared to cheapo programs like Cute FTP. It would be so easy to bring it up to snuff. I've submitted a feature request, so we'll see if they take me up on it.

They'd better watch out because they haven't really done much in the past few years and a company like Google could probably make a free program with features appealing to people like me.

Bottom line: This is the second upgrade that I've rejected and I've saved $400 by doing so. Adobe just bought Macromedia, so there could be significant improvements to the next version. Do yourself a favor and wait for Dreamweaver 9.
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